Bill McAvoy joined WPI in 2012 as vice president for university advancement, working closely with WPI’s president and the board of trustees to support strategic institutional priorities. He is responsible for all advancement activities, including fundraising and relations with individual donors, foundations, government, and WPI’s 38,000 alumni in 104 countries. Under his leadership, WPI recently completed a $248 million campaign, surpassing the goal of $200 million.
Prior to joining WPI, he spent 11 years as director of development at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, working with the MFA's director, board of trustees, and senior management while also overseeing all aspects of fundraising for the museum. He has also held senior advancement positions at the Boston Museum of Science, Pine Street Inn, and Plimoth Plantation.
He has sat on boards of directors for several organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the ALS Association, the Plymouth County Development Council, and currently the Peter Farricker Spirit Foundation.
McAvoy received a BS in biology from the University of Connecticut, and a graduate degree in management with a concentration in nonprofit administration from Suffolk University.
The announcement of a $12 million dollar unrestricted gift to WPI by an anonymous donor was reported by the Telegram & Gazette.